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Eden on the line

Fons et origo*? Well, as you might have spotted, James Joyce is at the heart of this site...

But this is the first time I used the imagery which gives this site its name.  A song I wrote about 20 years ago. 

* if there wasn't an episode of 'Happy Days' with that name - why not?

Buoyed by salt and DNA,  

Impelled by history, 

Beneath a wide and empty sky,

We swim in a warm sea.

The tide rolls over rocks and sand, 

Treasure chests and shells. 

There are no charts to mark the shoals 

But those we draw ourselves.


Chorus:  With the ones we love in the mesh of time,

               Trying to make sense of what we find. 

               Eden – are you on the line? 

               Come on in – the water feels fine.


Some tread water nervously 

And some trade on their fears. 

Some weave a pattern in the web 

That lasts a thousand years. 

The lines run back and forward, 

Criss-cross the grand parade.

The ties that join the swimmers 

Escape the midwife’s blade.




Don’t look for hidden purposes. 

Don’t ask me what it’s for. 

Why some will swim through seven seas 

And some don’t get through the door. 

In the strands of blood and friendship 

All somehow make their mark. 

They guide and trace the patterns 

Of who and how we are.



 (listen to an acoustic demo here)


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